Changing the face of Schizophrenia

Keris Myrick hears voices no one else can hear. She learned to ignore them. She also learned to ignore the voices of mental health experts telling her not to expect much from life. As the CEO of a company, she's one of many people challenging society's perceptions of the mentally ill.



Part Three of The Current

Changing the face of Schizophrenia

According to the experts, Keris Myrick shouldn't be running a high-profile organization and she definitely shouldn't be trying to help people struggling with mental illness.

For years, she was told to lower her expectations and focus on her condition. Keris Myrick has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. She is also the CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network. She supervises more than a hundred people. She says the intense, high-profile nature of the work actually helps her manage the symptoms of her illness.

Now, Myrick is part of a psychiatric study that's challenging our understanding of what it means to live with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Keris Myrick joined us from Pasadena, California as part of our project Game Changer.

Stephen Marder is the co-author of study on schizoaffective disorder, and the director of the psychosis section at U.C.L.A.'s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Last Word - Sperm

We've been talking today about the controversy around acquiring sperm from the internet. So today's last word goes to Monty Python which once wrote a song about the powerful convictions surrounding the human seed. A father explains to his 63 children that he can no longer afford them and will sell them for medical research. They wonder why he didn't use contraception. Here's his reply.


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